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Bruce Terrace Project in Final Stretch

Only behind-the-scenes work remains on Mineola drainage project.

The Westbury Avenue sump on May 20, 2013. Photo credit: Geoffrey Walter
The Westbury Avenue sump on May 20, 2013. Photo credit: Geoffrey Walter

For all intents and purposes, the Bruce Terrace flood mitigation project is just about over. The“last phase” of the Village of Mineola’s portion – the bifurcated basin in the sump behind the village pool – is the final piece to the village’s portion of the project as Pratt Brothers, Nassau County’s contractor for it’s third of the project, has connected all drainage pipes and are reportedly operating. Nassau contractors are also repaving all of Sheridan Boulevard from Westbury Avenue to Jericho Turnpike and repairing all necessary curbs ordered as part of the project.

“It feels great,” Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss said of having the project close to completion after a village board meeting on October 16 at the village hall. “These people can sleep at night.”

The total cost of the project to the village was about $1.2 million, with a cost overrun of $400,000 paid through using contingency funds. The remaining $800,000 was paid for through a grant from NY State Sen. Jack Martins. The total cost of the project was approximately $.4.5 million spread across the village, Nassau County and the Town of North Hempstead.

At the meeting, superintendent of public works Tom Rini  also reviewed road repair and repaving work that had been carried out along Jackson Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue as well as new curbs and driveway aprons along the latter. Rini stated that crews are now moving to Clinton Avenue and Lincoln Avenue then Washington Avenue and Jefferson Avenue for spot repairs and a section of Dow Avenue that was added onto the project has also been completed. Rini said that when the department of public works reaches a point where 60 percent of the curbs and/ or aprons need to be repaired, the whole block receives the improvement as was the case when the grade was changed on Clinton Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue to assist with water drainage. The project should “last 20-25 years,” he said.

Rini anticipates a contract signing on Friday with Pratt Bros. construction on Friday with a start date of Oct. 28 for concrete work in the village.

“I greatly appreciate the patience of the residents of that area,” Strauss said. “It’s an inconvenience to say the least with all the digging up and the redoing of the curbs and the aprons and not being able to park and digging up the roads but in six weeks or less it’s going to be brand new and well worth it.”

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